Vatican accused of spreading ‘fake news’
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The Vatican faced accusations of "fake news" this week.

The Vatican on Saturday released the full letter written by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI about a project meant to honor Pope Francis, after initially only citing parts of the document, The Associated Press reported

Benedict had refused to write a commentary on a new compilation of books about Francis’s background, which were intended to mark his fifth anniversary as pope. He said he didn’t have time, and criticized one of the authors involved in the project for attacking St. John Paul II.

However, the Vatican’s secretariat for communications was accused of spreading “fake news” after omitting certain parts of Benedict’s letter and digitally blurring the criticisms in a photograph of it, the AP reported. 

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The Vatican then released the full letter that explained Benedict’s problems with the project after facing public pressure to do so.

The controversy comes a few months after Pope Francis spoke about the dangers of "fake news," a phrase President TrumpDonald John TrumpTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report US service member killed in Afghanistan Pro-Trump website edited British reality star's picture to show him wearing Trump hat MORE often uses to criticize the media.

”Fake news is a sign of intolerant and hypersensitive attitudes, and leads only to the spread of arrogance and hatred," the pope said in a document about the issue.

“We need to unmask what could be called the ‘snake-tactics’ used by those [purveyors of fake news] who disguise themselves in order to strike at any time and place,” he said.